June 15 – July 21, 2017
333 Broome St., New York, NY 10002
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: noon to 6:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION: June 15, 6:00pm
CANADA, New York and the Cooley are pleased to announce TOMORROW TOMORROW a group exhibition featuring Demian DinéYazhi’ and Noelle Sosaya, MK Guth, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Evan La Londe, Charlie Perez-Tlatenchi, Michelle Ross, Storm Tharp, and Heather Watkins. These ten artists are preoccupied with physical abstraction, changeability, and working with materials to shape space with emotional purpose. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the artists are part of a highly collaborative artistic community with a history of migration, mysticism, indigenous strength, and literary soul-searching.
The receptivity and endurance of textiles plays a critical role in the conversation. Michelle Ross’ fabric-based paintings and color studies flatten and rescale the body in queer, feminist geometries. Kristan Kennedy’s un-stretched linen paintings ritualistically absorb and express raw experience as they knot and billow across walls. Heather Watkins’ muscular, suspended sculptures of cotton cord and India ink infuse space with a wild poetics of flow and stasis. Demian DinéYazhi’ and collaborator Noelle Sosaya work with textiles and product languages to disseminate a radical queer indigenous vision of sacred reflection and punk activism. Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ table-top sculptures are cryptic worlds where bits of clothing, metal letterforms, and ceramic vessels become stages for new feminist myths and blessings.
Alongside the resilience and spiritual subtext of the woven, other artists in the exhibition explore the human form and its environment as a complex of inner experience and outer presence. Storm Tharp’s field of thirty-six portraits and color-field abstractions combine painting and printmaking to redraw subjectivity as a space of persistent transformation. Charlie Perez’ tiny collages on gridded paper descale strip-mall signs and awnings into miniatures for reimagining immigrant experience. Evan La Londe’s pigment-based photographs snare beauty and perception toward philosophical questions of knowing and appearance. MK Guth’s instruction-based piece threads the entire exhibition, offering modes of attention and viewing to visitors.
Exhibition curators: Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, and New York artist Wallace Whitney. The title of the exhibition is from a song by Portland musician Elliot Smith. The exhibition is generously supported by Sarah Miller Meigs.
Warmest thanks to the entire team at CANADA and Cooley Gallery Registrar Colleen Gotze. Special thanks to the following galleries for their support: Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; PDX Contemporary, Portland; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland; and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.
The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.
THE DOUGLAS F. COOLEY MEMORIAL
ART GALLERY, REED COLLEGE
3203 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD.
PORTLAND, OREGON 97202-8199
HOURS: NOON TO 5 P.M., TUESDAY – SUNDAY, FREE
LOCATED ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE REED LIBRARY
The mission of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is to enhance the academic offerings of Reed College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia in its role as a teaching gallery.
The gallery was established by a generous 1988 gift from Sue and Edward Cooley and John and Betty Gray "in support of the teaching of art history at Reed College, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the art history component of Reed's distinctive humanities program." Exhibitions are coordinated in collaboration with Reed faculty members and courses, with attention to the needs and interests of the larger Portland and Northwest arts communities. A schedule of three to four exhibitions during the academic year brings to Reed and the Portland community work that would not otherwise be seen in the region.
John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director
Registrar and Program Coordinator
Education Outreach Coordinator
Calligraphy Initiative Coordinator
Please email Registrar Colleen Gotze to be added to the Cooley Gallery announcement list and for general gallery questions.